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McDonald’s May Face Lawsuit Over Happy Meal Toys

A consumer advocacy group is threatening to sue McDonald's for marketing unhealthy food to children.

Happy Meal toys

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CSPI claims McDonald's is turing children into "an unpaid drone army of word-of-mouth marketers."

A consumer advocacy group is threatening to sue McDonald’s for marketing unhealthy food to children.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wrote a letter to McDonald’s expressing their grievances. The group is giving McDonald’s 30 days to remove toys from Happy Meals before formally filing the lawsuit.

Read more:

  • Group says it will sue McDonald’s over toys in Happy Meals to kids, calling them deceptive (L.A. Times)
  • Letter from the Center for Science in the Public Interest to McDonald’s (PDF)
Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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